Our School Meals
We are enthusiastic about school lunches at Robin Hood Junior School. We run a 5 star food hygiene rated in-house school restaurant, Tuck Inn, with a dedicated catering team, led by Mrs Brooker, our Catering Manager. Children really enjoy the school dinners with Wednesday and Friday meals being very popular.
The team devise their own meal plans and trial them with the children to see what works best for everyone and are available to meet with parents to ensure their child’s particular allergy or dietary needs are included in the menus on offer.
All meals are freshly prepared on site and there is a choice of main courses, including a vegetarian and halal option and puddings. Our school meals are healthy and balanced and comply with the government’s nutritional standards.
From September 2020, the Tuck Inn has been providing a simplified hot and cold weekly menu to enable the staff to prepare and serve the meals safely. The team have chosen meals that most children really enjoy and will of course still be catering for specific dietary needs.
From March 2021, there is a larger menu choice than in September but there will still be no shared salad bar and children are not able to help themselves to ketchup!
We will review how this term's menu goes and are always pleased to have your feedback.
We also cater for a cold lunch which is similar to a home packed lunch. This is a balanced meal and includes, but is not exclusive to: sandwiches, salad and crudites, and a choice of desert including hot pudding/fruit/crackers and cheese/yoghurt, Please note that yoghurts are only available to those who choose a sandwich.
School meals are £2.30 per day or £11.50 per week. We are happy to accept payment for the week, month, half term or term, but this must be in advance of the meal. Our preferred method of payment is via ParentPay online, where you can use your debit or credit card to make secure payments and instantly see your child's dinner money balance.
Some parents like to opt for a mix of school dinners and packed lunch for their child on the basis of a Wednesday and Friday pattern and that is absolutely fine. Any changes to their usual pattern requires one full week's notice to allow the Office staff to set this up for you.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are available to some children according to the family income. It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals even if your child has a packed lunch – this is so we can receive additional funding called the pupil premium which we can use to help your child.
For more information and to see whether you are eligible please visit the London Borough of Sutton Free School Meals webpage and apply online by completing the form.
You can also ask the School Office to check your eligibility online using the LGFL website or use a computer at your local library or the Civic Offices. If you think you may be eligible and would like the Office to check for you, please visit or email the school office with your own National Insurance (or NASS) number, your own date of birth and your full name.
Children may bring a packed lunch. This should be in a secure container and the drink should be provided in a non-breakable container. No sweets, fizzy drinks or any form of chocolate spread are allowed – instead, we encourage lots of fruit, vegetables and water. For healthy and nutritious ideas of what to include in your child's packed lunch, please look at these two helpful links:
Milk is provided at lunchtime every day and is available for any child via the servery.
Some of our children have nut allergies that may lead to severe reactions even if they only touch something that has come into contact with nuts.
- We would really appreciate your support in making sure that all foods brought into school are free from nuts.
- This is why we ask that you don't use chocolate spreads as it is impossible for us to tell which do contain nuts.
- Please check the labels on cereal bars and other snacks carefully too as sometimes information is contained on outside packets which does not come into school.
We do sometimes have other dangerous allergies and if we need to respond to this we will let you know.
Encouraging Good Table Manners
We encourage good table manners and would welcome parental support to remind children of good manners at mealtimes, as outlined in our October 2015 Robin Report.